About this blogThinking and Believing is written by Bob Ratcliff, an editor and teacher living and working in the Nashville, Tennessee area. I write about theology, which is another way of saying that I try to make sense of the world in light of Christian faith. Much of what you'll find here mirrors the teaching I do at Christ United Methodist Church in Franklin, and other places around Middle Tennessee.
Tag Archives: Theology
As a Christian, I don’t get to talk about God. Or perhaps I should say I don’t get to talk about “God,” as in “In God We trust,” “God bless America,” “It was God’s will,” “Can God create a rock … Continue reading
In the last two posts I claimed that believing is not the prerequisite either to following Jesus or to belonging to the community of faith. In both cases I said that believing can and does enhance these other priorities, but … Continue reading
The last post asked, if following is the most important thing, then what good is believing? This time we’ll ask the same question about believing and belonging. “I would never want to belong to any organization that would have me … Continue reading
As a Christian, does it matter what I believe? Do I have to believe certain things in order to be a Christian? If so, what happens if I don’t believe those things; I guess that means I can’t be a … Continue reading
Here begins a much-needed new chapter in this long-dormant blog, corresponding to the new series I’m kicking off in the Thinking and Believing Sunday School class at Christ UMC in Franklin, TN. Class members will know that I’ve been taking … Continue reading
“You are more likely to be right about what you affirm than what you deny.” I don’t know who said that, but I remember reading it several years ago, and I’ve always recognized its truth. Nonetheless, I’m starting to think … Continue reading